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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team defeated Holy Cross, 2-1, on Saturday, October 10 in the season opener at Schneider Arena. Sophomore Daniel New's goal late in the second period proved to be the game winner as the Friars recorded their first season-opening victory since 2004.
Junior Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) gave the Friars a 1-0 lead at the 3:45 mark of the first period when he fired a wrist shot from the right circle that hit the pads of Holy Cross goalie Ian Dams then trickled into the net. Sophomore David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) and New assisted on the goal. Holy Cross evened the score at 1-1 at 8:43 of the second period when Everett Sheen tucked the puck into the net from in close as Jordan Cyr and Rob Linsmayer assisted on the goal.
The Friars regained the lead with 1:18 left in the second period when New fired a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that bounced high off of a Holy Cross defender and into the back of the net. That was all the scoring the Friars would need as sophomore goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario) made 33 saves to record the win. The Friars finished with a 37-34 shot advantage as Dams recorded 35 saves.
The Friars are back in action on Thursday, October 15 when they play the first of two games at Notre Dame.